In the Asian Games final between India and Afghanistan, captain Ruturaj Gaikwad led India to a gold medal victory, but it wasn’t the ideal scenario due to a rain-affected summit clash.

Following the women’s team’s success, the men’s team replicated their achievement. Gaikwad stuck with the same playing XI from the semifinal against Bangladesh. Winning the toss was crucial, and India opted to bowl first on the moisture-laden pitch, resulting in a 20-minute delay due to rain.

The Indian bowlers, including Shivam Dube and Arshdeep, made early breakthroughs, reducing Afghanistan to 5 wickets down. Spinners Ravi Bishnoi and Sai Kishore contributed with two more wickets.

Afghanistan staged a remarkable comeback during the latter half of their innings. Shahidullah Kamal and Afsar Zzai, forming a formidable partnership for the fourth wicket, engineered a 37-run stand.

Though initially struggling at 52 for five in the 11th over, Afghanistan staged a remarkable resurgence to reach 112 for five in the penultimate over.

However, the rain once again disrupted proceedings in Hangzhou. After a prolonged delay, the officials ultimately abandoned the match. India, as the higher-seeded team, was declared the winner, clinching the gold medal. Afghanistan, despite their valiant effort, settled for silver, marking their third silver in the tournament’s history.

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Last Updated on October 7, 2023

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